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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
16/11/18
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

Nigel

Nigel & Buddy at Westward Ho!
24/08/07
Our dedicated hosts for the weekend.

Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard sizeTotal
085100102106124125130150
Weymouth    1  1 2
North Devon5 12     8
Datchet Reservoir, Windsor   14 22110
Poole 2 6103 2 23
Christchurch 1  2    3
Lepe & Calshot    1    1
Borth1        1
Total631918325148

Each cell shows number of sessions, click on a cell for more details.

Datchet Reservoir, Windsor on 13/10/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:6.0

Warm,sunny & windy so off to datchet for some gusty & holely conditions, which are not very foil friendly, and although it's 80feet deep Thames water have now taken so much out its only about 20feet deep which means the wind is now bouncing off the walls, dispite this its on my door step, theres a new influx of keen windsurfers and foilers & that makes a difference to being there on my own. Decided with my 6.0 m sail & slingshot wizard foil board, unfortunately this is not a beginner's board but came at the right price off e bay, besides whatever you rig here its not often correct.. After a fair bit of falling off & swimming I managed to get some flights across the water, With the sound of the neil pryde foil making its trade mark whistle, (yea sounded more like a screaming diving stuka plane), this incurred a number of high speed, high impact falls being tossed like a rag doll through the air & landing 10 to 15 feet away from the board, as its so sensitive to weight transfer. When I came in the other foilers came over for a chat, that's when I found out they were only using 4.5m sails!!, but they were not going as well.

Poole on 18/09/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.2

With some big gusts along with some big holes it was feeling like home waters datchet , when the wind was up the smooth water condition made it fun to practice carve jibes. Not sure where the big winds went that were forecast!!

North Devon on 28/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:6.0

We arrived early on Thursday hoping to take advantage of the 20 plus mph wind forecast for today & the weekend, unfortunately this never arrived it was more like 13 to 17mph most of the time, still I had to try and with little gaps between the white water it proved to be a thank less task. Friday & Sunday I took the blokart out & had a cracking time flying up & down the beach, reaching speeds just under 40mph with just a few inches off the ground & on a wet slippery surface it feels pretty quick & very exciting. Mark & Paul c spent a lot of time enjoying there new hobby fishing & even managed to get me envolved crabbing off Appledore quay for a very entertaining evening's fun, as usual this soon became competitive with big cheers every time one was caught much to the amusement of the passers by. Chris & Kerry went out surfing on Saturday, then went windsurfing on monday & managed to stay out a good few hours on big kit..
All in another great fun weekend.

Datchet Reservoir, Windsor on 19/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:5.2

Usual nightmare weather at datchet wind blowing from 14 to 23mph. Tried out my latest toy a hydro_ foil, but ended up playing to safe with the 5.2 and under powered 90% of the time. Maybe not the best day to try it out.!

Poole on 10/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.2

Just about managed to hang on to my 5.2, some really big gusts came through along with some rain, but most of the time it was warm & sunny, dropped down to my 90 litre towards the end for a bit more control, very enjoyable sail.

Poole on 28/07/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.2

Warm strong wind made a very enjoyable sail, started off nicely powered up then it just kept building to being well over powered, by which time there was nothing left in the tank, so packed up with a big smile.

Poole on 17/07/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:106 litres
Sail:7.0

Had to wait until lunch time before the wind kicked in, bang on time as usual , I started off on my 130 then changed to my 106, nicely powered up on my 7.0m, the warmest I have been sailing for a long time only a shorty wetsuit required, and the wind stayed up for us at last! All made more enjoyable sailing with Mark & Paul C.

Borth on 23/06/18

Campsite
Rating:4 star rating
Board:0 litres
Sail:0.0

The site is situated twenty yds from the sea, twenty yds the other way are the dunes where we had our evening BBQ/ fire. Two to three miles of flat golden sand and an estuary at the end of it , kit was left semi rigged by the vans all week and for just 7-50 per night, what a find .
A week of sunny and breezy conditions but we needed some real wind and that was more elusive, this was not helped by the inaccurate weather forecast we got each day. Mark managed to get out a couple off times on his windsurfing board, Goerge went surfing, Paul went out kayaking in the surf, I decided to make full use of the beach getting to grips with my new toy the blokart. I still managed to flip it over each day ! Luckily you are seatbelted in, and we all did some speedsailing . Unfortunately Chris M van broke down about 7 miles away so he was a bit grounded . We picked him up and the guy running the site hired him a camper for 10 per night, and his son is going to replace the engine for Chris, what a service !
Inbetween the beach activities Mark and Paul did some interesting cycle trails, while Jan , myself and the others visited some of the many nature reserves, one with an Osprey nest in monitored by cameras and put up on large screens for the public to see , with use of binoculars and telescopes as well to view. There are only five breeding pairs in Wales . Another visit to a park where walks and mountain cycle trails are, is also a Kite feeding station, at 3pm each day food is put out and about 200 Kites turn up. This is nothing short of spectacular .
With not enough time to do everything we intended, this is a place we will be coming back to .All in a great week away .

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Added by johng on 28/06/18

Sounds like a great spot. A bit more wind, and it would have been classic!

Weymouth on 11/05/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:106 litres
Sail:6.0

Surprised to see someone on the water so early just gone 8am my eyes were open but I was not necessarily awake, but it was blowing then, by the time we got on the water a little later the wind was dying off so ended up playing about underpowered .

Poole on 01/05/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:106 litres
Sail:6.0

Met up with beach addict for a sail at Poole but the wind did not pick up till lunch time when he had to leave, nice to catch up for a chat.. The wind didn't settle down in the afternoon with some pretty big gusts & some pretty big holes, while it was blowing it was real good fun, dispite being a bit nippy, but hey the sun was shining.

 
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